It is no secret that No Man’s Sky is a radically different game now than it was when it first launched way back in 2016. This is largely due to some very hefty content expansions. It looks like the good people over at Hello Games are hard at work on yet another expansion. This time a long requested feature will finally make its way to the game. When the Beyond update is released sometime this Summer, gamers will finally be able to experience the wonders of No Man’s Sky together with an all new multiplayer mode. We will not have to see our friends as floating orbs. Best of all, the Beyond update will be completely free for existing players.
Sean Murray, the head of developer Hello Games offered a glimpse of what to expect from the new expansion. “No Man’s Sky Online will dramatically expand the opportunities for playing together, and has many recognisable online elements, but we don’t consider the game to be an MMO. It won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players,” wrote Murray. In all fairness I believe Murray meant that No Man’s Sky itself will not require a subscription. we will probably still need an active Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership to play online with those systems. We will be sure to update you if that is clarified.
Murray notes that the Beyond update will be the most ambitious expansion for No Man’s Sky yet. There will be at least two other features aside from the new online multiplayer experience but Murray has not released any details about those as of this writing. He also promises that Hello Games will continue to offer updates for the foreseeable feature.